Klein ISD students performed at or above the state average in the spring administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, according to results released July 1.

Students also demonstrated academic growth over last year. Average passage rates were higher than in 2021 in all subjects except biology at the high school level, which did not change year over year, and English I at the high school level, which dropped by three percentage points year over year.

"During this most recent STAAR administration, Klein ISD maintained or excelled in all tested areas except for English I in which the state also decreased at the same rate," said Stacy Kindsfather, director of Assessment & Accountability for KISD, in an emailed statement. "Even with this decrease, Klein ISD still maintains a four-point percentage over the state average."

Kindsfather noted KISD's largest areas of growth were in grades 3-5 in the English/language arts content area, with Grade 4 gaining 14 percentage points.

"In 2021, Klein ISD outperformed the state in many areas by quickly recovering lost academic ground due to the lasting effects of the pandemic," Kindsfather said. "2021-22 results show Klein ISD students continuing to test above the state average in many content areas. Although Klein ISD has high approaching percentages, growth percentages are continuing to increase year over year."

In a July 1 news release from the Texas Education Agency, officials acknowledged scores improved across the state from 2021 to 2022, most notably in reading. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said the results point to a brighter future, but students are still performing below pre-COVID-19 levels in mathematics statewide. In KISD, while passage rates in math at the eighth grade level increased year over year, they dipped below the state average by two percentage points.

“The investments that the state is making in reading academies and accelerated instruction are clearly paying dividends for our students, and the results are a testament to the hard work of teachers across our state,” Morath said. “While we still have much work to do to recover from COVID[-19]-related learning loss in mathematics, the improvements our students have made in reading are clear."

State legislation passed in 2021 targeted the learning gaps formed during the pandemic, and additional legislation is expected to be implemented ahead of STAAR testing in 2023.

One such change will be the implementation of House Bill 3906, requiring a redesign of the STAAR test to better align with classroom instruction. The test will also move to total online administration next year. Students in grades 3-8 will take writing assessments as part of the reading test in spring 2023. According to the TEA, the changes strive to improve student engagement and reduce "teaching to the test."

Click here for more STAAR and end-of-course exam results. Learn more about the TEA’s take on this year's scores here.